If you want to be a good manager, you have got to understand who you are, inside and out. Many entrepreneurs believe that they’ve got to give themselves wholeheartedly to their business, but this is where the professional and personal lives begin to blur.
And when this happens, there is the risk of entrepreneurial burnout. Avoiding burnout is crucial to your overall sense of wellness as well as business success. Entrepreneurs will face a number of challenges throughout their business life. But what can we do to avoid the burn?
1. Go Back to the Start
If you are feeling burnt out and you’ve been in the role for some time, you may want to do some soul-searching and ask yourself why you became an entrepreneur in the first place.
It may be because you wanted to be your own person, but whatever the reason, starting at the very beginning by retracing your steps can help you to understand why you started, but also help you realize where you started taking the wrong turns. It could rekindle the spark by thinking back over your journey, but it could also give you some more insight into how to operate your business.
New entrepreneurs can find themselves thriving on enthusiasm without necessarily paying attention to the fundamentals that keep a business afloat. The fact is that you can find tips for effective operations management and resources that you can implement now if you felt that you were missing out on some of the key components. There is nothing wrong with taking steps back, as long as it can propel you further forward.
2. Get Rid of Your Guilt
Guilt is a useless emotion in this setting. Many entrepreneurs feel they have to give their all until there is nothing left. This means they start to neglect the other important needs of their lives. Entrepreneurs feel guilty if they stop even for five minutes. Getting rid of guilt is going to help you avoid burnout because you start to shift the priorities purely from your business to yourself.
You’ve got to get the balance right but the key to starting on this route is by removing any guilt about stopping work. You need to incorporate relaxation time, and this is not just going to help you power down for five minutes, but it will also give you that sense of reinvigoration. You can’t power through until 3 in the morning without facing the repercussions on your body and your mind.
3. Removing Those Stress Triggers
Stress is one of the most common side effects of running a business at full throttle. That stress is the quickest way you will deplete every aspect of your energy and enthusiasm stores. To identify your stress triggers, you need to note when stress is rising and what you are doing at that time. After a few days, look at these moments and ask yourself if the tasks that you were stressing over are actually worth your while.
While the tasks may be important to the business, you may be able to alter how you go about doing them. For example, you may find it easier to dictate into a voice program rather than hunching over a computer for hours on end. When you start to eliminate stress, you will improve your long-term mental and physical health.
4. The Skill of Meditation
Entrepreneurs who do not meditate are going to feel the burn quickly. Meditation is not just about shutting your eyes and saying “om,” but is something that will aid your skills inherently. If you have been struggling to concentrate recently either because of COVID or because you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, meditation is vital to helping you stay sharp. Meditation can reduce anxiety and decrease your blood pressure, so you can avoid burnout.
The great thing about meditation is that you don’t have to go anywhere to do it. Sit down, straighten your back, and focus on breathing in and out. It’s a hard thing to get started with, especially if you are focused so intensely on your business, but learning to let go means that when you start to meditate and relax, you can meditate on certain subjects so you will eventually begin to pull out great ideas from your subconscious. Relax and let it flow.
Exercise is something that can decrease our levels of tension and improve so many aspects of our lives. However, you may be the type of entrepreneur that wants to go all-in, which can be to the detriment of your abilities to recover. We all want to get stronger but we need to have a healthy approach to exercise. Starting slowly and building up is one of the best ways to increase strength.
Perhaps you can begin by going to a class once a week and listening to your body if you are seeing the signs of muscle soreness. We have to remember that we need at least 48 hours to recover after an intense form of exercise. So you can also balance this out with brisk walking, or something less intense such as yoga. Whatever it is, the more you move, the better you will feel in the long run!
6. Put Your Entrepreneurial Leanings Into Perspective
As we learn to reduce burnout it can help us to wade through a lot of the irrelevant aspects that we worry too much about. Something that many entrepreneurs do because they’ve made enough money is to give back, but for any entrepreneur that is still working hard with a limited profit margin, you can benefit from giving back in other ways, such as volunteering to read at a children’s hospital or mentoring other entrepreneurs in your community.
Philanthropy is such an important skill that can help us to give back which can reinvigorate why we are doing what we do in the first place. It also gives insight into other people’s lives rather than ours.
Burnout is a very serious thing that will overwhelm us in the end. But if you implement some of these tactics you will be able to reduce it, however, you’ve got to remember that to save your business, you’ve got to save yourself.